Mercedes-Benz is leaking more than the Titanic on a bad day. First their unveiling of the new B-Class was tainted by leaks and now the very same has happened with the all-new SL. Merc wanted to keep the big changes a surprise but a few days go we saw grainy images and yesterday full blown release images. It looks like Mercedes’ hand has been forced again.
Getting it’s official unveiling now, a month early, we have all the secrets of the 2012 SL. The bold new design takes after the SLS both inside and out making it a car that will turn heads. The body is made mainly from aluminium to reduce weight dramatically, but it is what is under the skin that will get your heart racing. You can have either the 3.5 litre V6 with 302BHP and 273lb-ft of torque (it will even do 41MPG), or the 4.7 litre 8 cylinder twin-turbo 429BHP as well as 516lb-ft. The V6 will do 0-62MPH in 5.9 seconds but the twin-turbo will vanquish it in just 4.6. A seven speed automatic gearbox is standard.